Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday --Nov 23rd, 2010

In the spring I would kill for some football news. Yesterday there was a flood of information.


Rhode Island officially joins the NEC.

Rhody's HC Joe Trainer was chosen CAA Coach of the Year.


The CAA released the 2010 All-conference awards.

From the UMass website:

Junior linebacker Tyler Holmes was named the CAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year on Monday. He was also named to the CAA First-Team along with senior receiver Anthony Nelson and senior lineman Greg Niland. Junior tailback Jonathan Hernandez and junior receiver Julian Talley were on the second team and senior tailback John Griffin took third-team honors. Holmes is the first UMass player to earn league defensive player of the year honors since Shannon James was the Atlantic 10's top player in 2004. Prior to James, the last honoree was Brian Corcoran in 1994.

One notable omission:

Passing average/game

1. Kyle Havens......... UMAS SR 11 345 219   7  63.5 2692 20 244.7

Total offense

1. Kyle Havens......... UMAS SR 11  -62 2692   384  2630 239.1

Havens was also 4th in passing efficiency.

Tyler Holmes was the CAA Co-Defensive player-of-the-year.

Matty V has an article on the UMass CAA player awards.

Holmes is also a Buck Buchanan Award finalist.


UMass also released the annual UMass football awards.

From the UMass website:

AMHERST, Mass. -- The UMass football team held its annual team banquet on Sunday as head coach Kevin Morris and his staff handed out the team awards for 2010. Junior linebacker Tyler Holmes was named the Team MVP while senior linebacker Mike Mele was named the Defensive MVP and senior receiver Anthony Nelson was honored as the Offensive MVP.

Here's a look at the team's honors from 2010:

The Team MVP was awarded to junior linebacker Tyler Holmes, who racked up 110 tackles, to tie for the team's lead with Mele. Holmes, who was a three-time CAA Defensive Player of the Week, is a top Buck Buchanan Award Candidate as the top FCS Defensive Player. Holmes led UMass in tackles for a loss with 12 for 45 yards, interceptions with five for 70 yards including two for touchdowns against Maine to set a UMass school record for a game and season. He also led UMass in sacks with five and had two forced fumbles along with six passes defended.

Defensive MVP Mike Mele tied Holmes for the team lead in tackles with 110. He had 2.5 TFLs for 17 yards along with a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery.

Offensive MVP Anthony Nelson led UMass in receiving with 61 catches for 830 yards. He piled up a team-best 1,249 all-purpose yards. He racked up 242 yards on kickoff returns, 103 on punt returns and 74 rushing yards.

The Most Improved Defensive Player Award was shared by seniors James Carven and Brandon Flanagan. Carven started the final two games of the season, playing all 11 and finished with 35 tackles and two pass break-ups. Flanagan started all 11 games at nose tackle and had 30 tackles on the season with two passes defended.

The Most Improved Offensive Player Award went to senior quarterback Kyle Havens and sophomore center Quinton Sales. Havens threw for 2,692 yards and a 63.5 completion percentage along with 20 touchdowns. He finished with a 144.1 pass efficiency rating and 244.7 passing yards per game. Sales, started five games at center and was solid snapping the ball to Havens all season long.

The Most Valuable Players on Special Teams went to seniors Woody Carter IV and Scott Duggan. Both players was key to coverage and blocking units all season long. Carter and Duggan each made 11 tackles and made many key blocks to spring big releases on the season.

The Iron Man Award for best work in the Weight room went to Holmes and redshirt freshman Jamar Smith.

The team's Academic Awards were claimed by senior cornerback Ke'Mon Bailey and senior center John Ihne.

Offensive Scout Team Players of the Year were redshirt freshman quarterback Jesse Hunt and sophomore wide receiver James Lizotte, who transferred in from Holy Cross.

The Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year was freshman defensive back Ryan Collins.

The awards were about as I expected. I had been meaning to mention that Jamar Smith looked like he had put on some muscle. The blog is looking forward to him running the rock next year.

James Lizotte has FBS size at 6-3 210.

Not much biographical information about FR Ryan Collins. Walpole Times has an article on Collins.


Anonymous said...

On behalf of our family ,Kyles grandpa and myself , I would like to thank Frank for the timely info provided by this blog ,it has really helped bridge the miles between Calif. and Mass , Thank you Roger Havens

UMass74 said...

Thanks to Kyle for all his hard work.

As I said in today's post, IMHO he should have been All-CAA.

The blog and the blog community wishes him well in all future endeavors.

Anonymous said...

I'm completely confused by how R.J. Toman was 3rd team over Kyle Havens, or for that matter how Chris Whitney was second team. Kyle was 1st in Passing Avg/Game, Toman, 3rd, Whitney 6th. Kyle was 3rd in Efficiency, Toman 5th, Kyle was 1st in Total Offense, Toman 4th and Whitney 5th. Umass was 1st in Pass Offense, UNH 3rd,Delaware 4th and Villanova 6th. Umass 1st in Total Offense, UNH 5th. Umass was 3rd in Scoring Offense, UNH 5th. So, how is this vote decided? Must be a popularity contest not a statistical award. Any explanation would be appreciaed.

Mary Ann said...

I too would like to thank you for the community that you create through your Blog. Like Kyle's dad said your blog really does help to bridge the miles between Umass and the many other states that our players come from. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the opening day game, Michigan, Gillette, Maine and Delaware games this year and want to thank all of the wonderful parents that I met this year and last who made my trips so enjoyable. I traveled by myself to all of the games but the last, but certainly never felt alone. Tailgating last year with the Zardas's and McLaughlin's and this year with the Nelson's and their wonderful friend Kelly who would drive down from New Hampshire for every home game to cheer on Anthony and the team and provide great eats. Scott Duggan's dad Paul and his Grandma who made it to every game and of course the life-long friendship that I feel that I made with April Carter who made it to nearly every game to cheer on her sons. April wins my vote for UMass parent of the season. What an incredible UMass family. Thank you all for a wonderful season. I’ll be following the blog and the team for years to come and will be cheering on the boys from California.

UMass74 said...

Thanks! Especially since someone compared me to Hitler this morning (see comments on yesterday's blog post).

My goal was to write a blog that was positive about UMass football and information heavy.

I'll let intelligent criticism go, but rants just bashing the program, the coaches and the players will get moderated. Message boards were make for that stuff.

And some of those posts, despite referring to "we" and "our" are not from the UMass community.

I admit sometimes I stop stuff that should go through and sometimes I should have moderated a post. I try to be consistent, but sometimes it just comes down to how the post hits me.

The nice thing is the internet is free. Blogger will allow anyone to start a UMass football blog. Only 3,123 posts and that person will catch up with me.

It's always great to meet blog readers, player's family and UMass fans.

Go UMass!

Anonymous said...

No disrespect to Kyle but he shouldn't of been all CAA. Its about winning Delawre and Will and Mary co champions have the most honors and that's how it should be. What's the difference between Kyle and the other 3 QBs on the All CAA list?? Not numbers. Its that all three QBs led there team to the playoffs!!!! Havens Vs Toman umm I think the score was 39-16 Havens vs Devlin 45-27 and havens vs whitney well we didn't play nova but whitney led his team to the playoffs. Yes his numbers was good but never seperated him self. For instance having 450 yds in one game but only 1 touchdown.

Anonymous said...

Havens not all CAA was a joke. I hate how they vote this stuff its all reputuation. Chris Whitney didnt belong on the CAA all stars but he was qb for the natl champs last year so hes on it. Only one defensive player on the squad, thats very unlike a umass defense.

Mama Carter said...

Thank you Mary Ann.

I am thankful that I was able to attend all but 2 games this year to watch the boys (Woody #19 & Ryan #29).

This years parents all ROCK! The Haven's (an amazing family), The Nelson's (every game!)and a special THANK YOU to The Duggan's for picking me up at the airport a few times. Everyone made this years season even more enjoyable. And I hope that UMASS appreciates the efforts a lot of the parents made this year to travel from all parts of the US to cheer on our sons.

Good luck to my son Woody, Kyle, Kee'Mon, Griff and Anthony (and the rest of the seniors) on making all of their dreams come true.

Thank you for this blog as I have read it day in and day out for 2 years.

Hopefully my next 3 years with this program is as enjoyable as this year!

Hopefully my next 3 years with this program is as enjoyable as this year!